Texas
Wildbuds

Leucophyllum frutescens

(Texas Purple Sage)

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Leucophyllum frutescens, Westminster Glen, Austin, Travis Co. 5713

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Leucophyllum frutescens, Westminster Glen, Austin, Travis Co. 5709

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Leucophyllum frutescens, Westminster Glen, Austin, Travis Co. 5718

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Leucophyllum frutescens, Westminster Glen, Austin, Travis Co. 5717

Scientific Name Leucophyllum frutescens USDA PLANTS Symbol LEFR3
Common Name Texas Purple Sage, Texas Barometer-bush, Cenizo ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 33629
Family Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) Wildflower Center Reference Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry, calcareous soils desert arroyo and scrub areas; widely cultivated in Texas.
Plant: Medium-sized compact shrub, usually 2 to 5 tall, up to 8 feet tall.
Leaves: Soft obovate, up to 1-1/4 inches long, covered by short silvery hairs giving a silvery gray-green appearance on the lower surfaces and more greenish on the upper, alternately-attached.
Inflorescence: Bell-shaped lavender-pink blossoms about 1 inch long, 5-lobed corolla with hairy throat and orange-dotted white blotch inside; blooms after rains.
Bloom period: May to September.
References: "Little Big Bend" by Roy Morey, Flora of North America and American Southwest.
Note: These images are from cultivated plants.
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Texas Status:
Native

Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX

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